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A collection of Horizon League releases and blog entries.

Tennis Weekly Release #5

Release  Horizon League · February 20, 2007

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Feb. 20, 2007

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Horizon League Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week

Tom Barth
Youngstown State, Sr., Boardman, Ohio
Barth started off the evening right in the Penguins' first win of the spring season, joining teammate Scott Kathary at No. 1 doubles to defeat Andrei Sandu and Jeffreu Seevers of St. Francis 8-4. Barth also knocked off Kyle Primeau with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 score at No. 2 singles.

Horizon League Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week

Baseball Weekly Release #1

Release  Horizon League · February 20, 2007

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Feb. 20, 2007

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Player of the Week
Larry Gempp Jr., UIC
Senior Outfielder * Ingleside, Ill.
Gempp enjoyed a torrid start to the 2007 campaign, posting 10 hits in 24 at-bats (.417 average) with eight RBI and three runs scored in the Flames' first six games. The senior's bases-loaded single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning scored the game-winning runs as UIC rallied to defeat 14th-ranked Georgia Tech 11-4 last Saturday.

Pitcher of the Week
Josh Hungerman, Cleveland State
Sophomore Left-Hander * Pittsburgh, Pa.
Hungerman tossed a three-hit shutout against West Virginia on Sunday, giving Cleveland State its first victory of the 2007 season. The sophomore fanned eight and walked only one, recording the Vikings' first shutout in nearly three years since a 5-0 victory versus UW-Milwaukee on April 24, 2004.

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Butler's Gardner, West named Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week

Release  Horizon League · February 20, 2007

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler University junior Genni Gardner (women's indoor track and field) and Bulldog senior Evan West (men's tennis) have been named the Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week, League commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Tuesday (Feb. 20).

Gardner won the award for the fourth time this year, with the first three coming during the cross country season. The latest honor follows her performance at the Hoosier Hills Invitational last Friday (Feb. 16), as Gardner won the 3,000-meter race in a time of 9:57.15---the best mark by a Horizon League runner this season. Her clocking puts Gardner more than 24 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor on this year's League leader board, while the junior also owns the circuit's best time in the mile (4:54.01).

In the classroom, Gardner carries a 3.946 grade-point average as a communications disorders major. She was an Academic All-League selection and a First-Team All-League performer in cross country last fall, and earned Academic All-League honors in track and field as a sophomore. Her trophy case also includes a District V Academic All-District certificate from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Two Horizon League men's basketball games added to Sirius Satellite Radio schedule in regular-season's final days

Release  Horizon League · February 20, 2007

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Feb. 20, 2007

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Two Horizon League men's basketball games with a big impact on the race for the regular-season championship have been added to the list of games available live on Sirius Satellite Radio, the League office announced Tuesday (Feb. 20).


League-leading Wright State University (21-8, 13-2 Horizon League) will play at Youngstown State University (12-15, 6-8) on Thursday (Feb. 22), at 7:05 p.m. ET on Sirius channel 114, using Wright State's play-by-play call. The Raiders are riding a nine-game winning streak and -- with a victory -- would clinch at least a share of their first men's basketball championship in 13 years in the Horizon League. A Youngstown State victory, meanwhile, would enhance the Penguins' chances of hosting a first-round game in the upcoming League tournament for the first time in school history.


The game matches the top two scorers in the Horizon League in Wright State senior DaShaun Wood (a League-leading 19.6 points per game) and Youngstown State senior Quin Humphrey (18.8 ppg). It will be broadcast live on Time-Warner channel 25 in the Dayton, Ohio, area, on ESPN FullCourt pay-per-view and on the Horizon League Network (www.horizonleague.org), as well as on tape-delay later Thursday night on Fox 17/62 in Youngstown.

Softball Weekly Release #1

Release  Horizon League · February 20, 2007

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Feb. 20, 2007

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Player of the Week

Allison Cox, Wright State
Freshman * DP / P * Chillicothe, Ohio
Cox belted two home runs and drove in five runs in the Raiders' opening weekend. She hit a two-run shot for her first collegiate homer against Southern Utah, and she followed that performance with a pair of RBI against Oregon State and capped the weekend off with a solo blast against UCLA on the final day in Las Vegas, Nev. The freshman drove in five of WSU's nine runs over the six games.

Pitcher of the Week

Swimming and Diving Championship Preview

Release  Horizon League · February 20, 2007

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Feb. 20, 2007

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2007 Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships

 

The UIC Natatorium will play host to the 2007 Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships, starting Wednesday, Feb. 21.  The competition continues through Saturday, Feb. 24 when the League champions will be crowned.

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #16

Release  Horizon League · February 19, 2007

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Feb. 19, 2007

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Player of the Week

Nicole Soulis, UW-Green Bay
Senior * Forward * Green Bay, Wis.
Soulis led the Phoenix in a pair of road wins last week, as UW-Green Bay remained unbeaten in Horizon League action. Against Youngstown State, Soulis had a game-high 23 points, aided by a 10-of-12 mark at the free throw line, while adding seven rebounds. Then, versus Cleveland State, Soulis led the way with 17 points - including the go-ahead basket in the final minute - and a key blocked shot in the waning seconds to seal UW-Green Bay's 18th-straight win.

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Men's Basketball Weekly Release #16

Release  Horizon League · February 19, 2007

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Feb. 19, 2007

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Horizon League Player of the Week

Quin Humphrey, Youngstown State
Senior * Guard * Ellenwood, Ga. (Stockbridge)
Humphrey averaged 28 points, five rebounds and 3.5 assists in two Penguin victories last week. He scored 36 points in a come-from-behind, 82-70 decision over Detroit on Wednesday, hitting 12 of 18 shots from the field. That total featured eight three-pointers, one of which was part of the go-ahead four-point play with 4:48 to play to give Youngstown State the lead for good. Humphrey came back to register 20 points---including the game-clinching free throws with :02.1 remaining---to push YSU past Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.

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Cleveland State softball team gives back to community

Release  Horizon League · February 19, 2007

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Feb. 19, 2007

Cleveland, Ohio - For the past several years, the Cleveland State softball team has been actively involved in giving back to the Greater Cleveland Area. Last semester, the team participated in five different community service events, gathering over 300 hours of service.

The Vikings participated in the United Way Days of Caring, helped restore a shelter for the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and played a part in a Halloween Party for the local area youth at Cudell Recreation Center on West Blvd. The team volunteered for the Salvation Army's Coats of Kids Distribution at the Cleveland Convention Center and the annual Holiday ball for New Avenues to Independence, an organization that provides opportunities for people with disabilities and special needs to become more independent. They also spent an afternoon at Marion Sterling Elementary, delivering hats, scarves and mittens to the kids.

This semester is no different. The Vikings planned a first-time event, "Day at the Dome." This event included the CSU softball and baseball programs, who were partnered with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland on January 23rd, as youngsters in grades 3-5 came to dome at Krenzler Field to interact and participate in activities with the teams.

"Our team really enjoys getting out into the community and making a difference in other's lives," said softball assistant coach Josie Henry. "Our program has been able to develop strong bonds in the community through great organizations like United Way and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland."

Softball Preview, Part 8: UIC

Release  Horizon League · February 18, 2007

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Feb. 18, 2007

The UIC softball team's mission in 2007 is simple, win its eighth Horizon League Tournament Championship and make its tenth NCAA postseason appearance. Although the 2006 season was successful with another conference regular season title under their belt, the Flames left unfinished business on the diamond after falling in the tournament championship.

With experience from eight veterans and five talented newcomers added to the mix, the coaching staff has high expectations for the team this season.

"This team has the ability to clinch the Horizon League regular season title and tournament championship," said co-head coach Tom Gray. "We expect this group of players to be extremely competitive every time they step onto the field."

As far as competition is concerned, UIC isn't easing into the season as they face 13 NCAA Regional teams, including 2006 Women's College World Series participants Arizona State and Tennessee in the first five weeks of play.

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